Pastor & Wife

Bishop Jerry L. Maynard Sr.

Bishop Maynard completed graduate and postgraduate studies in Psychology and Social Sciences at Indiana University and the Doctorates Division of Cross Roads Bible College. Bishop Maynard, a native of Indiana, served as Director of the Muncie Indiana Human Rights Commission from 1967-1970, a member of the Indiana and United States Civil Rights Commission from 1970-1981, and the President’s Domestic Policy Committee from 1977-1983. He is the recipient of the highest civilian award of the state of Indiana, “Sagamore of the Wabash.”

In 1997, as Cathedral Of Praise (formerly Pentecostal Tabernacle) began planning for the construction of the new 1800 seat Sanctuary and Worship Center. Bishop Maynard chose Church Builders United, a partnership of minority-owned contractors. In addition, minority and women-owned businesses worked as sub-contractors on the project. Bishop Maynard further insisted that the labor force be made up of a significant number of minorities. Thus, approximately eighty-percent of the laborers working on the construction of the facility were African-American and Latino. Other churches building new facilities are now patterning this model. For his efforts, and his many contributions for the establishment of entrepreneurial enterprises, Bishop Maynard received the “R. H. Boyd Business Advocate of the Year 1999” award.

Dr. Mary T. Maynard

Dr. Mary T. Maynard is a portrait of the virtuous woman described in Proverbs 31:31. She is the Pastor’s wife, a professional, an educator, a speaker, and a mother. She is retired from serving as Duty Superintendent of Curriculum and Instructional Services in the DeKalb County School System in Decatur , Georgia . Dr. Maynard also serves as the Chairperson for the Executive Committee of Women in Action for Christ. She is President of the Elders and Ministers Wives’ Ministry and is a member of the Education Department Committee.

Dr. Maynard is very active in the Word of Life Ministries, Inc. The mission of the Word of Life Ministries is to establish and execute the standard duties necessary to operate ministries and churches that are related, but outside of the parent congregation in Nashville .

Dr. Maynard is a member of the Stone Mountain Rotary and the Workforce Investment Board. Further, she holds membership in local, state, and national professional organizations.
Dr. Maynard has earned several professional degrees:

  • 1. Bachelors Degree from Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA
  • 2. Masters Degree from The University of Georgia, Athens , GA
  • 3. Specialist Degree from Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
  • 4. Doctoral Degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

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